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Beginning to Date


Published 1953


An insecure young teen boy who has just reached dating age learns how to plan and enjoy a date (with a girl at least one foot taller than him). With Studs Terkel (Swimming Coach). Producer: Milan Herzog.


Run time 11:20
Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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Explains how to plan and enjoy a date.



Ken Smith sez: The Teen Club at Lincoln School is organizing a Winter Frolic at the Community House. Short, eager "George" wants to ask statuesque, older "Mildred" (a mismatch made by bad casting, not design) but he doesn't know how. What should he do? The coach reminds George of how frightened he was when he first stepped onto a diving board, and tells him that he should similarly be "ready to make the plunge" into the world of dating. George is as unsure of the applicability of this analogy as he is of his dating skills, but the coach refuses to let up. "Try it again!" he commands when George's first efforts fail. "Party skill, like diving skill, is gained by just one thing -- by practice and MORE practice."
The high point of the film comes as we see George combing his hair, primping for his big date, and wondering what it is he should talk about. Thanks to the Encyclopaedia Britannica animation department, titles of suggested subjects for conversation magically appear superimposed in George's bedroom mirror. These include "comic book" and "Mildred's new dog." George follows this advice and easily keeps the conversation flowing with Mildred as they arrive at the dance -- which is great: all the boys wear identical black suits and the music is supplied by a matronly woman on piano and an unseen snare drum.
This film, while nothing to get excited about, marks Encyclopedia Britannica's first, shaky effort at storyline development. If you're like me, that's exciting. If all you want is a fun dating film, pick a Coronet production instead.
"And so, George's first plunge into the social scene comes to a successful end."

Shots:
Boy learns to dive with help of coach. Boy goes off high board; a high school dance; piano keyboard being played
A variety of dating situations are shown;
boy sees girl home to her door; meeting parents; planning conversational subjects.
Dating Social guidance
"Member the first time you ever dived, member how you just knew you couldn't make that first plunge. But you did. After that it was easy, wasn't it?'
"Diving into the social swim is a lot easier than it seems. It's just a matter of following a few very simple rules of etiquette. A matter too of having a little courage."<BR>

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Reviewer: skioa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2009
Subject: I enjoyed this movie because...
'George' and 'Bill' (not their real names )were my brothers. 'George' was 14 and 'Bil'l was 15 at the time. It took another year but 'George' finally did get taller, about 5'9". Today, 'George' is a lawyer and Bill is a doctor. We really enjoyed watching this again after all these years. Yes, 'George' is happily married to a lovely lady who is shorter than he is.

We also found another movie 'Why Vandalism" that "Bill" was in a year later. Thank you for making these available. We were definitely entertained.
Reviewer: ERD. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2007
Subject: Cute old fashioned guidance film
A vintage 1953 guidance film on dating made for Junior High students. So naive and calm when compared to the present.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2003
Subject: Puberty on Parade
Beginning to Date (film #198 on Prelinger Archive). This Encyclopedia Brittanica film is livelier than most EB films, probably because it covers a classic genre: dating. The film features a bunch of junior high school kids going to their first dating party. Unlike most films of this type, the kids seem very realisticÂÂthey vary widely developmentally in both physical appearance and emotional maturity, which is typical of this age group. The most entertaining couple is George and Mildred. Although their names make them sound like senior citizens (and they probably are today), George is a classic case of delayed puberty (he looks and talks like he's about 9 1/2, tops) while Mildred is charmingly shy and awkward, as well as being a full head taller than George. The film contains both many moments of realistic junior high behavior (one boy fails to pick up his girlfriend from the bathroom because he's busy playing tag with another boy in the coatroom; the dance floor initially splits into the "boy huddle" and the "girl huddle") and great mstable moments (possible topics of conversation are printed in subtitles above characters' heads; Mildred says "bye" and walks into her house without giving George so much as a handshake). Another classic of the dating genre.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: SSSS. Weirdness: ¬¬¬¬. Historical Interest: ÂÂÂÂ. Overall Rating: $$$$.
Reviewer: Psychaos - favoritefavorite - May 28, 2003
Subject: I Have No Decent Title
Before I start, I want to make it very clear that I have never seen this video. Friends who are nearby and somewhat helping me write this have, but I have not. So don't take my review too seriously. Cuz yeah... I havn't actually WATCHED the video. I'm glad thats out of the way.

Hi, I'm his friend, and I've actually seen the movie. So this might be slightly more helpful than anything he has to say. This movie is mainly about two couples (george&mildred, and Bill&helen)who are going to a dance, and scenes are repeated when they make common dating mistakes. There is a rather long and pointless scene when the coach of george is comparing dating to when george first learned to dive. It's rather irrelevant to the rest of the movie, and I dont see why it's there.

Yes, thats all good and well, but the fact that anyone would actually watch one of these movies, much less CARE proves the sorry state this world is in. I mean, honestly. What kind of pathetic fool goes around watchin movies more than 50 years old on the internet? If you're reading this, I have one or possibly more than one thing to say to you. YOU NEED SOMETHING MORE PRODUCTIVE TO DO WITH YOUR TIME! See, I havn't actually watched this movie, so I don't fit into the category I'm placing you (the reader) in. You're a moron or at least exrtremely pathetic, and I'm not. I refuse to watch idiotic movies if I can make a better one, and I'll have you all know that I can make a much better movie than this. Back to my friend...

First I gotta say that you, psychaos, are pathetic indeed, because if it is so pathetic to watch these movies, they why do you have an account on the site??? haha. N E WAYZ...This movie is amusing to watch, just to see the opinions of dating in the 50's. K I'm done.

You're opinions suck. Seriously. I've never seen someone with such a poor intellectual... ummm... process? Sure, that works. Anyways, this movie was really stupid. No one makes mistakes as stupid as the mistakes made by the characters of this film (coughnotafilmevercuznofilmcouldbethatbadcough), and no one corrects them. This movie is a complete violation of free speech, beacause it forces the opinions of others on the poor couples. I almost pity them, but then I realize they are starring in a crappy movie from way too long ago. And I'll have you know (to my friend) that the only reason I have an account here is to make fun of people. At least I'd like to think so. And as such, I'll give this movie 2 stars.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2003
Subject: Very similar to that OTHER dating film...
This film, similar in vein to 'Dating Do's And Don'ts' follow dating-challenged kids around and shows them what to do and what NOT to do. As a matter of fact, the film is almost a rip-off of Dating Do's and Don'ts. (Or maybe it's the other way around?) Anyways, a teen party is coming up, and we're shown how two boys go about asking girls to it. George asks Mildred, who, like DDAD, looks FAR too old (and 2 feet taller) then his proposed date. Amazingly, she accepts. Anyways, the other kid clumsily asks his date on the phone. Soon, they're off meeting the parents and then off to the date itself.
While not as campy as DDAD (Beginning to Date seems to drag a bit actually) it still has it's gee willakers dialogue and sily humour to make it reccomended.
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